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How about a nice game of Chess with Lichess

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Chess, it's a classic right? So how about a nice game of Chess? I am in fact talking about Lichess, a free and open source browser-based online Chess game.

You might think it funny but until recently, I had somehow never heard of it. It's been around since 2010, starting off a simple hobby project and it has since grown into one of the most popular Chess websites around. Ten years later it's still kept the original promises of remaining free and open source and it just seems to have continually grown. If you believe Alexa rankings, it's in the top 2,000.

With close to 80K players online at the current time of writing, it's easy to see it's popular and it has every right to be. It works perfectly in any browser I tried (including mobile!), it has no adverts, it doesn't require an account, it's totally open source (even the Android build is open source), it has a ton of puzzles, it can teach you to play and so much more. Lichess is not just a browser-based Chess game, it's a huge assortment of different modes and a big community to back it up. Not only all that, you can also sit and watch games too — if that's your thing.

If, like me, you had no idea it was a thing and apparently you also live under a rock, I hope this was helpful for you.

You can play for free online, against friends and a lot more on Lichess.org.

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Samsai 3 Feb
Let the record show that Liam didn't know of the "how about a nice game of chess?" reference before I made him aware of it.
Liam Dawe 3 Feb
Quoting: SamsaiLet the record show that Liam didn't know of the "how about a nice game of chess?" reference before I made him aware of it.
Lies, deceit, deception, the only winning move is not to play.
Rooster 3 Feb
Thanks, I didn't know about Lichess either.

Goodbye chess.com, hello Lichess!
morphles 3 Feb
I have to say, that site is slick as hell! Even though as board games chess is kinda meh, the sites slickiness might tempt me into playing. Thanks for posting about it, even though it is not strictly linux game, but just web game :).
crabel 3 Feb
Lichess is really good, it also has a lot of training features, not only simple training positions with varying difficulties, but it also allows you to train based on your own games. It let's you search for improvements (based on the computer analysis).
[quote=morphles]
Quoting: morphlesEven though as board games chess is kinda meh

What???? Have you ever played chess??? How in the world can you say it is meh? Honestly, I'd like to know, because I really can't conceive of anyone who's ever played more than a few games ever thinking that... I can think of some arguments against it (ie, too much memorization after a certain skill level), but many of them can be offset by different styles of play (i.e. online blitz)..
WorMzy 3 Feb
I wonder how it compares with redhotpawn.com
Now I feel like having a nice game of Thermonuclear War.
peta77 3 Feb
Why haven't you heard of it before? Come on, Lichess obviously is an abbreviation for "Liam's Chess"!
morphles 4 Feb
[quote=inlinuxdude]
Quoting: morphles
Quoting: morphlesEven though as board games chess is kinda meh

What???? Have you ever played chess??? How in the world can you say it is meh? Honestly, I'd like to know, because I really can't conceive of anyone who's ever played more than a few games ever thinking that... I can think of some arguments against it (ie, too much memorization after a certain skill level), but many of them can be offset by different styles of play (i.e. online blitz)..

I played quite a lot (was in chess club when I was school age) and still play it a little bit. It is overcomplicated mess, or it gives very little "bang for buck" compared to amount of rules and amount of play, compare it to something like hex or havannah. Now modern (well commercial I guess ) board games often times are more over-complicated, they in a way can also be more interesting. But as abstracts go chess is only rated highly because of history and everyone being used to it (might I say like with windows? :D ). While in as a game there are loads much better (IMO) abstracts, the mentioned ones, and some more modern/recent, say blooms (from Nick Bentley, he does great work) is amazing, like go that is less broken than real go, or his "bug" and myriads of others. Don't get me wrong it is not bad, and there are also tons of worse games, but it is so so :), meh as I said.
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